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The white garden

The white garden


An all-white garden is a dream for many. Read about how the editor - in - chief failed with his white dream, but also about those who actually succeeded.

Marit Danielsson, editor-in-chief Allt om Trädgård

- I was going to make a completely white section behind the house in my garden, and saw beautiful twilight pictures in front of me, with gray-blue and then all the white that would shine through. I made discounts and carefully demarcated the area where everything would be white and nice. But then it never got quite as shimmering, nor quite as white as I had thought. And I think the mistake I made was that there were too few white plants in relation to all the green. It must be a lot if it is to be seen! And besides, I was probably not strict enough. It happened that some blue knight's spur sowed seed there, and then I thought that it might well be there. And then suddenly it was not so shimmering white! Should I make a new attempt, I should think in broad strokes, and not dabble so much.

Magnus Hagstedt, web editor Allt om Trädgård

- I have a white flowerbed in the garden on my farm. It started with me digging out a rock, and there, in a kidney-shaped flowerbed, I now have a white flowerbed with a hint of pale pink. The plot is located in a clearing in the forest by a lake and it is very green, so I already knew that it must be bright flowers if it is to be visible, the dark ones disappear into the green.

In the background of my white flowerbed is a pink flower elder with really lobed leaves, Sambucus nigra ‘Black Lace’. In the middle is a frame with white low roses, 'Katharina Zeimet' (with small flowers that bloom all season). White blood fists Geranium sanguineum 'Album' and a light pink little one flock fist Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’ as a ground cover and on the edge of the flowerbed a white flower evergreens.

Two different ones also grow there pioneer, the white with simple flowers 'Krinkled White' and the pink with full flowers Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’. It's all framed with daggfunkia and dew cover for the sake of the leaves. The green foliage highlights the white in a good way.

I also wanted to place some whites daylilies there, but the first attempt with ‘Arctic White’ broke more against “kiss in the snow”, and had to move… Maybe I can find another variety this year.

Otherwise, the flower bed turned out exactly as I wanted, it is nice and blooms all summer. It comes out best during the bright summer evenings.

The rose ‘Katharina Zeimet’, surrounded by funk and dew cover.

Christina Svensson, garden lover who lives in zone 1.

- White is so beautiful in both sunlight and dusk, so I really wanted a white discount. The frame is white autumn phlox that I got from my mother, quite tall ones. Then I started from them and let the discount grow gradually. There is white light, you have to keep them so that they do not take over, knight spurs, autumn weeds and white dahlias as point elements. White-flowered astilbe is also a favorite. Sometimes I find a new white plant, then it's fun to get it in. I have a fairly large garden, so I move around my plants a bit. The trick with a white discount is to really get it white. And I wanted it to be white all season, not just for a short period. I have put a lot of work into it, but now it is so full that I do not have to do much. I am very happy with it, I see it from my bedroom window and every time I look at it it feels good.

More of Christina's white discount can be seen in the book Perenna discounts (Nature & Culture 2009) by Eva Robild and Görgen Persson.

White plants in Vita's garden

Summer-dressed Agrostemma brachylobum ‘Ocean Pearl’.

Do you want to plant in the spirit of Vita? Here are some of the plants that have been, or are now, in the white garden. Many plants that Vita planted have been replaced over the years. The reason is that her garden had a fairly short flowering time, mainly during the early summer, while today you want to be able to offer visitors a white garden throughout the season.

A = Can be grown throughout the country without additional measures

B = Can be grown throughout the country in a protected and well-drained location

C = Can be grown in large parts of the country in a protected and well-drained location

D Can only be grown in the favorable parts of the country

Spring flowering

Lamb tongue Omphalodes linifolia. Annual.

Lungwort Pulmonaria ‘Sissinghurst White’. C

Hungarian star onion Ornithogalum pyramidale. D

Early summer

Buskpion Paeonia suffruticosa. Zone 5

Clematis Clematis (Viticella Group) ‘Alba Luxurians’, ‘John ​​Huxtable’. Zone 4

Odor peony Paeonia lactiflora ‘Cheddar Gold’. B

Margerit Argyranthemum.

Pink pimpinellifolia ‘Double White’. Annual

Discount (Sibirica Group) ‘White Swirl’. A

Rosenskära Cosmos bipinnatus. Annual.

Cabbage Crambe cordifolia. C

High summer

Aklejruta Thalictrum aquilegiifolium ‘White Cloud’. B

Getruta Galega x hartlandii ‘Alba’. C

Gillenia Gillenia trifoliata. B

Kungslilja Lilium regale. C

Lupine Lupine ‘Noble Maiden’. C

Mattram Tanacetum parthenium ‘Rowallan’. Annual

Noisette-ros ‘Mrs Alfred Carrière’. Zone 3

Rosenvial Lathyrus latifolius ‘Albus’.

Pink (Tehybrid Group) ‘White Wings’. C

Vippvallmo Macleaya cordata. C

White cold Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Crowborough’. Annual

Late summer

Getruta Galega x hartlandii ‘Alba’. C

October collar Leucanthemella serotina. C

Purple-clad Lychnis coronariaAlba ’. A

Silvery foliage

Shrub wormwood Artemisia arborescens. C

Holy herb Santolina incana. D

Wormwood Artemisia ‘Lambrook Silver’. C

Discount ternell Helichrysum petiolare. Annual

Silver collar Tanacetum ptarmiciflorum. Annual

Silver arrow Salix alba where. sericea. Zone 5

Silver pear Pyrus salicifolia ‘Pendula’. Zone 5

Wool thistle Onopordum acanthium. C

Read more

Sissinghurst: An Unfinished History of Adam Nicolson (grandson of Vita Sackville-West), who places the place in a historical context while telling the story of his family. Well written and absolutely worth reading!

The garden at Sissinghurst - manage and renew and Gardening at Sissinghurst, both of Tony Lord.

Sissinghurst on the web and visitor info.

Read the full article on the white garden at Sissinghurst in All about Garden No. 7 2010.


The coastal garden

Strikingly many of the salt meadow's plants thus have gray leaves. How does this come about now?

If you look closer, you see that the leaves are not gray in themselves, but they are covered with small hairs, which catch the light and give them a gray tone. The hairs are there to reduce evaporation and trap the salt in the air, so that the surface of the leaves is not damaged by it.

Another variant of such protection is a blue-gray wax layer that retains moisture inside the leaf and keeps the salt outside.

But most plants give thanks for wind protection and grow lush and more beautiful in shelter, so try to arrange lip plantations and hedges facing the sea by using the most durable coastal shrubs for this purpose.

Even if you do not live by the sea, you can wish for a garden that gives the appearance of such a coastal location. The gray, muted shades are beautiful in themselves and you can plant such a garden even in a mild and favorable climate without the harsh climate near the sea. The plants will thrive well, as long as you make sure that the drainage is good and the location is sunny.

To enhance the feeling of the sea in such situations, you can use round stones, driftwood, shells and ropes for decoration, paint carpentry and possibly. also the house itself with colors close to the sea and of course choose the plants of the sea shores as the first choice of plants.

Gray-leafed plants can also be used as a complement to roses or to give harmony to intensely colored flowers. This is especially common in England. Lamb ears and lavender are classics in this context. White Sackville-West's large garden at Sissinghurst contains, in addition to the white garden that I mentioned in a previous article, also a plant with only gray-leafed plants. Very refined!

If you want to build a completely gray garden or make a gray section in a part of it, you can include all the white, blue-gray, silver-gray and gray-green shades that are in the leaves. Such plants naturally often have flowers in mild, pale shades, such as lavender blue, pink and light yellow. The effect of it all will be a beautiful, hazy, magical facility to enjoy, both in the scorching sun and in the soft twilight of summer evening!

However, one can sometimes think that it will be too much of a good thing to only have gray plants with soft pastel-colored flowers, especially on a cloudy day. Then you can try the effect of some brightly shining, intensely colored flowers, but without the lots of lush, green leaves that are usually needed.

The soft, hazy leaves of the gray plants form a beautiful environment for strong colors, especially as the leaves are seldom lush, but remain discreet in the background. Many have coniferous, grassy or willow-like leaves to better withstand strong winds.

Annual gray-leafed plants with intensely colored flowers can advantageously be planted in mild gray or blue-gray pots to be able to be moved when needed.

Here I mention some such annuals: peacock flowers, (Gazania), bladder sage (Salvia patens), dew sage (S. farinacea), violverbena (Verbena rigida) and some other verbs also have gray-green leaves, so also many carnations, (Dianthus), which is available as both annual and perennial. The sleeping bag (Eschscholzia), has waxy, gray-green leaves and is available in various brilliant colors, the hairy leaves and stems of cornflowers bear flowers in intense shades of blue, but pastel colors are also available.

Eldkronans (Lantanaluminous flowers over gray-green leaves fit to shine in large urns, perhaps together with silver oak (Senecio bicolor) beautiful, gray-white foliage.

Fever tree, Eucalyptus glubutus, can also be overwintered indoors, so that it survives more seasons.

Large wax flower, Cerinthe major 'Purpurescens', has magnificent, steel-blue leaves and bluish-purple flowers. Absolutely wonderful…

Among Fuchsior there are some varieties with grayish leaves, they can also overwinter. Fuchsia magellanica 'Versicolor' looks really 'gray' in places even though its leaves have three colors! And it can overwinter in favorable conditions!

Grusnejlikans (Gypsophila muralis) wire-thin, gray-green leaves and stems in bushy 'balls' can be a breathtaking sight in the edge of the pot.


Tulip 'Burgundy'

Butter ball on the beach

Sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh' and Acer 'Flamingo'

Beard bush and sky sprout in the background

Buddleja davidii


A twelve-room garden

Eva and Robert Olsen had left little Brantevik on Österlen - for good they thought. But now they are back in a new house and enjoying everything a garden can offer color splendor, scents and peace of mind.

By Hus & Hem, Published 2011-04-29 10:40, updated 2015-12-16 12:55

The straight passages provide space for lush plantings. Low and high privet hedges frame the garden in several different places.

The large arrow was planted just a few years ago but is already the center of the garden, where several rooms have been created.

The rose 'American Pillar' beds together with the lighter pink 'Valdemar' in the pergola.

With the stones that were excavated during the construction of the house, Robert built walls around the garden land and the greenhouse.

Robert thinks it is easier to succeed with growing vegetables in pallet collars. It is easier to make the plants feel good because he can control the amount of fertilizer and water better.

An outdoor kitchen, housed in a niche in the facade, was a must for Robert who loves to cook, especially with his own primaries.

A small gas kitchen, a sink and some work surfaces make cooking easy outdoors.

Primers waiting for preparation.

Close to the kitchen, both outside and inside, Eva and Robert have their dining area under a large protective parasol.

The sun's rays are filtered to a beautiful light under the hanging arrow and the rose 'Valdemar' shows off next to it. Eva and Robert's favorite place.

At the bottom of the garden, Robert grows his beloved vegetables. Beets, onions, cabbage, beans and lettuce thrive in the well-fertilized pallet collars.

The dining area in front of the guest house is pleasantly shaded by canvas and willow branches. The canvases have been tied to a framework that runs around the patio. A vine seeks its way up to the sky.

It was the daughter-in-law who suggested that there should be straight lines in the garden. A pergola enhances the impression of the garden path.

With your back to the house and a view of greenhouses and garden land, you can sit down under the shady arrow. To the left of the pergola grows the rose 'Valdemar' and to the right the darker pink 'American Pillar'.

In the trellis, reinforcement nets have been broken off where the peas climb in the summer. The white rose 'Iceberg' fronts the flowerbed.

Four years ago Eva and Robert Olsen realized that life did not have time to wait. After Robert had undergone an acute and successful bypass operation, the planning began to create a life in Brantevik on Österlen - again.

- Yes, we were completely convinced that we would not return here. We lived here between 1987 and 1995 and enjoyed it, but when first the post office and then the store disappeared, the village went dormant. Then we took our pick and pack and moved to Copenhagen, says Eva.

Eva and Robert spent since every midsummer in Brantevik and in 2000, they heard that several newly demarcated plots were for sale. They tricked the corner elf right away!

- At first we did not have a thought of building but only having the plot as a pension insurance. But when Robert became ill, we realized that it was in Brantevik that everyone visited us and asked how we were. We simply felt at home here.

- We decided to build and in 2003 we started with the guesthouse. Everyone in the family, including the children who went abroad, did carpentry every weekend, says Robert.

Eva then lived there, Robert and daughter Amanda while the big house was being built. The architect Christian Rønne designed and planned the house with large windows to the west and south that open the facade towards the garden.

- When both houses were ready, the garden was a construction site with gravel and stone piles. We called our daughter-in-law Matilda Andersson who is a landscape architect and got a refresher. She said that now you have done like everyone else, you have put all the money on building the house and no one is left for the garden.

Matilda adapted the garden's shape to the house. The 800 square meter garden was divided into 12 rectangular rooms, all with straight lines.

- In our previous gardens, Robert wanted round shapes of flower beds and hedges, but Matilda guided him.

Robert is responsible for purchasing plants, planting and caring for the garden.

- I have a bad idea of ​​what the plants are called, but I make sure that they feel good and grow. I have mostly bought the nursery in Tågarp. There the owner said that you could not have a garden without a rose called 'Valdemar', so then it had to be one.

In the middle of the garden, between the two patios, stands a hanging arrow that has grown up and become the main attraction in just a few years. At the back of the plot, Robert has his kitchen garden with cultivation beds, berry bushes, fruit trees, compost and greenhouses.

- I love to cook and there is nothing better than going out and pulling up fresh starters and cooking in the outdoor kitchen.

In the cultivation beds grow artichoke, kale and green beans side by side with potatoes, carrots, cabbage, garlic, beets and different kinds of onions. In the flowerbeds all around, the herbs spread wonderful aromas.

- In the greenhouse I grow tomatoes, melons and chilies.

Robert sows all plants in the spring and plants them out when the risk of frost is over. Seeds for sunflowers, fragrant peas, flax flowers and giant verbena are also usually included in the bag from the nursery.

The garden has on just four years has been transformed from a dry pile of stones into a green oasis, but it has also received a lot of love.

- I love to come home after a stressful working day in Copenhagen and put my fingers in the ground, clearing weeds makes me completely stress free, says Robert.


Open in winter

- For me, it is important not to close the garden completely in the winter, says Laila. I go for a little walk in it every day - all year round. It is so sad to clean the garden in the autumn, so I do it instead on a sunny day in the spring.

As much as possible must therefore remain in place. Plants as well as ornaments. This year, however, the winter is unusually snowy and cold, so many of the potted plants that Laila is fond of have been moved to the glazed veranda. This includes the large boxwood balls that otherwise belong to the winter favorites when they are carefully covered by snow.

The snow may be white, but even a conservatory has colors. Often, however, faint, like mild frozen pastels, they glisten. The hedgehog berries retain their red berries, the red glows against the snow. So they get few colors that are left extra life in contrast to all the uniform white. We find some frozen pink roses that seem to have frozen to the bush. But also seed stands and a solitary clematis flower can be enjoyed.

- Every day I look at the birds, says Laila. The garden is most beautifully powdered and when the birds flock around the dining halls. In addition to the seed feeders, I also have some nests, these are not for the birds to build nests in, but they crawl in there and warm up when the cold and wind sets in.


This weekend I decided to replace the morning walk with Ashtanga yoga three days a week. It is strange what benefit it does to the body. After a difficult position, it is as if the body part comes to life, as if the blood pulsates and warms. The focus should be on breathing. The thoughts that float past are like thin summer clouds. Sometimes […]

Last Monday we loaded the bikes in the car and drove up to Toftaholms Herrgård. For several years we have talked about visiting Fagerås when the daffodils are in bloom. I needed three turns in the garden to be able to digest all the impressions. The phone is crammed with movies and the system camera with pictures. Tonight I will revel in the daffodils again […]

Things to do Put early potatoes. Divide and replant spices Sow in the open (carrot, beetroot, dill, turnip, portlak, parsnip, kale, broad bean. Put yellow onion. Sow sugar, etc. in the open. Soften pre-cultivated plants. Clear strawberry land. Pick elderflower for juice


Styles [edit | edit wikitext]

The six main styles of the Persian garden can be seen in the table below, which places them in its functional and stylistic context. Gardens are not limited to a particular style, but often interact with other styles, or have areas with different functions and styles.

Classic Formal General
Public Hayāt Meidan Park
Private Hayāt Chahār Bāgh Bāgh

Hayāt [edit | edit wikitext]

In general, this is a Persian garden with a classic layout with a strong emphasis on aesthetics over function. Buildings in the garden are especially important, with arches and ponds (which can be used for swimming). The ground is often covered with gravel flanked by stone. The plantings are usually very simple - such as a row of trees, which also provides shade.

Private gardens of this type are often centered around a pond. The pond acts as a focus and provides some moisture for the surrounding area. There are few plants, usually due to the limited water supply in urban areas.

Meidān [edit | edit wikitext]

This is a public, formal garden that puts more emphasis on biotic elements than the type hayāt and has minimal construction work. The plant types range from trees to shrubs and flower beds as well as grasses. Again, there are elements such as ponds and gravel paths that divide the grass surface. When buildings are used, they are often built to provide shade.

Chahar Bāgh [edit | edit wikitext]

These gardens are private and formal. The basic structure consists of four quadrants divided by waterways or walkways. Traditionally, the rich used such gardens in work-related contexts (such as entertaining ambassadors). These gardens balance structures with vegetation, with plants usually around a pond and walk-based structures.

Park [edit | edit wikitext]

Like many other parks, the Persian parks have a general public function with an emphasis on plants. They have walkways and seats, but are otherwise unusually limited in terms of structural elements. The purpose of such a place is relaxation and social life.

Bāgh [edit | edit wikitext]

Like other common gardens, the term includes, bāgh (the park) the natural and green aspects of the garden. Unlike the park, it is a private area often connected to buildings and consists of lawns, trees and ground plants. Water flows and walkways stand out less than in its more formal counterparts and are above all functional. The primary function of this type of area is relaxation for the owner family.


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